Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCom) has surrendered about 70 units of non-auctioned spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The telco, which had closed its operation in December 2017, got no buyers of the spectrum, as the buyer would have needed to first pay the DoT the difference in the cost of the startup spectrum allocated to RCom about 20 years ago and the current market price, or about Rs.1,500 crore.
To boost rural connectivity, the leading telco Bharti Airtel has joined the bandwagon of India’s ambitious plan BharatNet. It has partnered with the Department of Telecom (DoT), and under the partnership, the telco has set up three Broadband Experience Centres in three villages in Ghazipur, Gorakhpur and Varanasi.
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